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Professional Team

The Hebrew at the Center team consists of professionals passionate about Hebrew, second language acquisition and Jewish education writ large, experienced at working in a wide range of educational settings. Collectively, each person on the team brings her or his own Hebrew journey and field experience, personal values, and own special talents and interest to ensure a well-rounded team where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Team members have academic, accreditation, and professional training in the following areas:

  • Curricular design
  • Assessment & evaluation
  • Early childhood education
  • Special education
  • Proficiency approach
  • Language planning
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Identity formation
  • Early childhood education
  • Coaching & mentoring
  • Onboarding novice teachers
  • Curricular integration
  • Educational theory
  • Change management
  • Mission & vision development
  • Lay & professional dynamics

 

Our staff are also experienced professionals, recognized for their expertise & knowledge in the field:

  • Served as senior leaders and executives at Jewish day schools and national organizations

  • Frequent presenters at Jewish educational conferences

  • Worked with more than 100 schools to strengthen their Hebrew programs

  • Publish in academic and professional journals

  • Leaders at second-language conferences at the regional, national and international level

  • Partner in creating  the Avant STAMP assessment tool for Hebrew
  • Associated with Prizmah, CASJE, Jewish Interactive, TalentEd, and others 
  • Helped found the  Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America
  • Consult on Hebrew immersion programs such as charter schools and day camps

 

Whether responding to the immediacy of challenges surfaced during pandemics to the sustained multi-year projects such as Leading in Hebrew, the Hebrew at the Center team is nimble, intentional, persistent, and effective. Lifelong learners, our staff believes that Hebrew is an essential building block of a rich Jewish identity, connecting individuals to Jewish sources, values, history, peoplehood, and Israel

Leadership Team

RABBI ANDREW ERGAS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
TAL GALE
CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER
MIRA ANGRIST
DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
LIAT KADOSH
DIRECTOR OF EMBEDDED EXPERTISE

National Staff

PAULA LEVINE
PROJECT COORDINATOR
LEAH PICKHOLZ
EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR & BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER

Advisors & Consultants

ESTI KASSIFF
SENIOR CONSULTANT
FRIEDA ROBINS
ADVISOR – EARLY CHILDHOOD

Coaches

VERED GOLDSTEIN
COACH
HAMUTAL KEINAN
COACH
ARIELA NEHEMNE
COACH
ORIT SHAKARGHI
COACH